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Winter Newsletter

WINTER 2015/2016
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For Mystery Lovers Who Know What They Want And For Those Who Haven’t A Clue!

New from the Northwest

Ellie Alexander - On Thin Icing - 3rd with Ashland, OR, bakery owner Jules Capshaw. January is a slow time in a tourist town so Jules is happy to cater a retreat at a mountain resort. Events conspire to crimp the happiness: first her ex shows up wanting to reconcile, then the power goes out – and then she finds a body on the frozen lake. (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley)

Leslie Ann Budewitz - Guilty as Cinnamon - Pepper’s Pike Place Spice Shop is ready for the Spring’s new flow of tourists until a popular local chef is found poisoned, killed by the “dangerously hot ghost chili”, something not easily found – except at Pepper’s shop.

Zoe Burke - No Gun Intended - 2nd with new PI Annabelle Starkey. She flies to Portland to visit her parents who’ve just relocated. Once she arrives, she discovers that, somewhere along the way, her backpack got switched with someone else’s and the one she’s now looking into has a gun in it.

Marc Cameron - Brute Force - The dastardly plans of Vice President Lee McKeon have come to pass. Terrorists control the President after a devastating biological attack on the nation. McKeon is working toward his next attack. Special Agent Jericho Quinn’s reputation is in tatters and he’s on the run. Somehow, he’s got to prove his abilities and stop McKeon. 6th in the series by this Alaskan author.

Stella Cameron - Out Comes Evil - Once again Alex Duggins and her veterinarian friend, Tony Harrison, probe another murder. An almost fresh body is discovered in a disused well among the ruins of a 14th C. manor house. Who would want to harm a widow who had lived quietly in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Folly-on-Weir for the past decade? As rumor and speculation fly, another woman is attacked, and despite warnings from the police to stop interfering, Alex finds herself the target of a brutal killer who has decided she knows too much. Signing - Saturday December 5th at Noon.

Maia Chance - Beauty, Beast and Belladonna - Romantic gamesmanship between Ophelia and Professor Penrose when a visitor to Ophelia’s fiancee’s castle is found mauled to death, and long-whispered rumors of a beast grow louder.

Andrew Chapman - The King of Fear - Numbers savant Garrett Reilly rescued the world’s economies (The Ascendant - Highly recommended by Fran) but now he’s exposed. And threatened. While trying to stay out of view, he finds tendrils of a logic bomb buried deep in the nation’s computer system and if he can’t dig it out and stop it, the monetary system of the US will come to a halt. Signing – Friday February 19th at Noon.

Vicki Delany - Unreasonable Doubt - 8th with BC Constable Molly Smith. After 25 years in prison, maintaining his innocence all the while, Walter Desmond is back in his hometown, having been officially exonerated in the murder for which he was convicted. The town and its population is a beehive of tension. The police have been shown to be incompetent at best, corrupt at worst, when investigating the murder but the question of the identity of the real killer who has been living amongst them is unnerving.

Valentina Giambanco - The Dark - 2nd case with Seattle Insp. Alice Madison. Events from The Gift of Darkness continue to bedevil and haunt her. As she tries to fulfill promises made, her new notoriety gains the attention of a killer in need of new prey. Adele recommends this author.

Rob Hart - City of Rose - Ash McKenna has left the heartache and violence of NYC for the quirk and calm of Portlandia. He’s a bouncer at a vegan stripclub. One of the dancers asks him to help find her daughter. She doesn’t want to go to the cops. The girl’s father, a junkie thug, doesn’t scare Ash but he doesn’t want to get involved. He turns her down. Soon the dancer is dead and Ash is on his knees in an alley with a gun to his head being warned to stay out of it. Wrong, wrong, wrong… 2nd in this new and entertaining hardboiled series. Signed Copies Available.

Lisa Jackson - After She’s Gone - Sisters Cassie and Allie decide to move to Tinsletown and seek fame even though a demented fan nearly killed their actress mother. Though Cassie is the more motivated one, Allie soon surpasses her sister in fame and parts. It all crashes down when Allie’s stand-in is killed on a set and Allie vanishes. The police think jealousy motivated Cassie to commit the crimes. Cassie must prove herself innocent and find her sister.

Jayne Ann Krentz - Secret Sisters - Years ago, when they were young girls, Madeline and Daphne were so close they felt like sisters. Then Madeline was attacked in her father’s hotel and nothing was the same. She moved away, becoming the in-house designer of her family’s string of hotels. Daphne stayed in their small Oregon town and is now a widow. Madeline hoped to never return but her father’s mysterious demise brings her back and brings both of them together and into the crosshairs of something evil. In paper, Trust No One.

Jeffrey Layton - The Good Spy - His military sub grounded in water off the US/Canadian border, intelligence official Yuri Kirov makes a dangerous underwater swim to shore to find help. He’ll have to be careful – this is politically and militarily dangerous. It is even more explosive when he sees he’s being followed… First in a new series by this NW thriller writer.

Neil Low - Wages of Sin - During a 1941 home invasion robbery, six close friends are murdered near the Bremerton Naval Base. The sheriff recruits Seattle’s best detectives to help him. Alan Stewart and Vera Deward team again with Ben Kearney. When they arrive at the point, they find a deputy has charged all the neighbors a quarter apiece to wander through the horrific crime scene. As the victims were retired bootleggers and their money was viewed as the wages of sin, the locals are unsympathetic or eager to help. With tenacity, grit, and cleverness, the detectives unearth cluess that lead them across the state, chasing the treachery and corruption of that era. As with this SPD official’s earlier books, the story is based on true events. Signed Copies Available.

Phillip Margolin - Violent Crimes - A Portland, OR, law firm is rocked when two of its members are brutally murdered. One of the partners is the second victim and his son is charged with the crime. The firm grew rich representing oil and coal interests and the young man prides himself as an eco-warrior battling such interests. Amanda Jaffe is hired to defend him.

Matt Ruff - Lovecraft Country - 22-year old Army vet Atticus Turner heads off on a strange journey. His father is missing. Clues point to an estate once owned by his great-grandmother. With him on this trip are his Uncle George – devotee of pulps jammed with strange stories – and his childhood friend, Letitia. Just as strange are the events and people they encounter – a trio of Negroes traveling from Chicago, through white, Wonderbread America in 1954, to Maine, to where the answers lie. Once there, it gets weirder. Signing – Saturday February 20th at Noon.

James R. Scarantino - The Drum Within - Santa Fe investigator Denise Aragon finds herself in a mess when she’s assigned to investigate the murder of the wife of a local attorney who’s known to be a gutter-fighter. If a case drenched with politics isn’t enough, the attorney’s 2nd in command makes her boss look reserved. This Port Townsend resident, in addition to being a novelist, has been a prosecutor, investigative journalist, and defense attorney.

Sam Siciliano – see Sherlockiana

Tracy Weber - Karma’s A Killer - Teaching a yoga retreat for dogs as part of a fundraiser for a local animal shelter ought to be fun for Kate and her German shepherd Bella but it’s interrupted by a violent protest, a fire and a drowning. Far from peaceful and relaxing for dogs and owners. Signing – Saturday January 16th at Noon.

Now in Paperback

Glen Erik Hamilton - Past Crimes - JB, Adele & Fran Recommend.
J.A. Jance - Cold Betrayal
Steve Martini - The Enemy Inside - JB Recommends.

See Otherworldly for Yasmine Galenorn and J.C. Nelson

Special Interest

Sunil Yapa - Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Victor is a young man who ran away from home years before and has managed to travel the world to try to figure out how it works. He’s been living in a tent under a Seattle overpass for a couple of months and is ready to give up on his quest. What he needs is cash so that he can blow town and his plan is to get it by selling a bunch of weed to the thousands who have come to town on this rainy November day. It’s a day that will change the lives of those sucked into the protest, complicate the life in the city, and be a milestone to many. It is 1999, the day of the WTO riots. Debut. Adele highly recommends.

Coming This Spring

Tessa Arlen - Death Sits Down To Dinner
Kate Dyer-Seeley - Slayed On The Slopes
Glen Erik Hamilton - Hard Cold Winter
J.A. Jance - Clawback
Steve Martini - Blood Flag
R.J. McMillen - Green River Falling
Candace Robb - The Service of the Dead

New from the Rest

Avery Aames - For Cheddar or Worse - 7th in the Ohio-set Cheese Shop series. An extra-sharp tongued cheese critic is cut down during a summer cheese festival.

Jeff Abbott - The First Order - The worst moment of Sam Capra’s life was watching online as his brother Danny was executed by extremists. Now evidence has surfaced that Danny is alive, having lead a secret, hidden life for the past six years. Sam learns that Danny is plotting a murder that could change history: assassinating the Russian president. Can Sam stop him?

Emily Arsenault - The Evening Spider - Two new mothers, living in the same house 125 years apart are haunted by the same crime and become obsessed with the details of the horror. Both end up questioning their sanity. In a twist, this is fiction that uses an actual famous crime as its core.

Juliet Blackwell - Giving Up the Ghost - 6th with San Francisco contractor and ghost-whisperer Melanie Turner.

Jacklyn Brady - The Cakes of Monte Cristo - 6th with New Orleans pastry chef Rita Lucero. Pen name of Sherry Lewis, who also writes the candy series as Sammi Carter.

Alafair Burke - The Ex - Olivia Randall is a top defense attorney in NYC. When she hears that her former fiancee has been arrested for a triple murder, she’s confident he’s innocent. Three years ago, Jack Harris’s wife had been murdered and word gets out that one of the new victims was connected to her. Randall agrees to defend Harris because she believes him and because she’s always felt guilty about ending their plans to marry 20 years before. As she gets into the case, she begins to have doubts.

James Lee Burke - House of the Rising Sun - Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland tangles with soldiers during the Mexican Revolution and brings home a stolen artifact of Biblical importance. As he looks for his estranged son, Ishmael, an Austrian arms dealer maneuvers to regain possession of the artifact. To achieve that, he targets the young US Army captain, leaving Holland little room.

Anne Canadeo - A Murder in Mohair - 8th in the Black Sheep Knitting series.

Jane K. Cleland - Ornaments of Death - Antiques appraiser Josie Prescott was thrilled to meet Ian Bennington, a distant relative she only recently discovered. The Christmas season is going well – then Ian disappears.

Sheila Connolly - A Turn for the Bad - Ex-pat pub owner Maura Donovan, still learning the ways of her new Irish town, gets drawn into a strange case. A man walking along the beach with his son vanishes. When a body washes ashore, it is that of the missing man. 4th in the series.

J.J. Cook - Fat Tuesday Fricassee - 5th with small town TN fire Chief Stella Griffin who is aided by the ghost of the last chief. One of the many series written by Jim & Joyce Lavene.

Amanda Cooper - The Grim Steeper - 3rd in the teapot collector series with tearoom chef Sophie Taylor. Pen name of Donna Lea Simpson, who also writes as Victoria Hamilton.

Cleo Coyle - Dead to the Last Drop - 15th in the Coffee House series. Asked to examine the White House’s coffee service, she discovers it had been used by the CIA as a way to move messages around DC. Amber recommends this series.

Mason Cross - The Samaritan - A body found in the Santa Monica Mountains is determined to be the latest murder by a serial killer who has been operating nation-wide. Dubbed “the Samaritan”, he targets women whose cars have broken down. LAPD Det. Jessica Allen isn’t sure what to make of the guy who comes in to volunteer help, explaining he’s a skilled manhunter. While the cops have no leads, this man seems to share many of the details in the killer’s profile. Carter Blake becomes aware of these disturbing similarities – he’ll just have to catch the killer to prove it isn’t him. In paper, The Killing Season, Cross’s debut which Fran Highly Recommends.

Krista Davis - Murder Most Howl - West Virginia inn keeper Holly Miller digs for clues when a real murder takes place during the town’s weekend-long murder mystery game. Aided, of course by Jack Russell terrier, Trixie, and calico kitten, Twinkletoes. 3rd in the series.

Tim Dorsey - Coconut Cowboy - Film buff Serge Storm determines to finish the journey begun by Billy and Captain America in Easy Rider. ‘Course, with Serge involved, it’s going to be a bit weirder – probably bloodier, too.

Loren D. Estleman - Shoot - Film historian Valentino is made an offer he can’t refuse: his hero, Western film star Red Montana, tells him he’s being blackmailed by someone who has a copy of a dirty movie Montana’s wife made decades before, well before they became stars. Dixie is dying and Red just can’t bear the thought of her memory being besmirched in her fans’ eyes. Valentino’s reward if he stops the blackmailer and gets the blue movie? Red will hand over his own copy of his “lost film”, Sixgun Sonata. If Valentino doesn’t accept, Red vows to burn the film so that it stays lost.

Joy Fielding - She’s Not There - Every year, for 15 years, Carole Shipley has had to relive the torment of having her infant daughter kidnapped in Mexico when reporters call on the anniversary to ask her questions. The loss of her daughter destroyed her marriage and, in truth, her life. But this year, when the phone rings, it will be from a young woman claiming to be her daughter.

Joanne Fluke - Wedding Cake Murder - 19th with baker Hannah Swensen. In paper, Double Fudge Brownie Murder.

Scott Frank - Shaker - Debut novel by a screenwriter and director – most recently of A Walk Among the Tombstones. In Hollywood on a job, hitman Roy Cooper completes his work even though the city has been creamed by a major earthquake. Searching for his car in the aftermath, he comes to the aid of a man being beaten by a gang of thugs. Turns out the man is a controversial mayoral candidate and film of Cooper’s actions goes viral, turning him into a hero. A media sensation is not the place a hit man wants to be. And, suddenly, Roy is the target. A dark, comic thriller.

Brian Freeman - Season of Fear - Det. Jonathan Stride’s wife has been dead for 8 years. Their last months together were rough not only due to her cancer but also due to the murder in which one of Cindy’s close friends was the prime suspect. Now a new murder takes place, witnessed by Stride’s lover, Det. Serena Dial, and tendrils of the new case trace back to that earlier case. Fran recommends this series.

Nelson George - The Accidental Hunter - D Hunter has spent time working as a bodyguard around musicians and he’s gained a reputation as being someone who can help people out of a jam when they don’t want to go to the cops. He’s now a private investigator, working the boroughs of the Big Apple.

Carol Goodman - River Road - Six years ago, creative writing Professor Nan Lewis lost her daughter in a hit-and-run accident. Now, on the day she learns she’s been denied tenure, she hurries home to avoid an on-coming blizzard and hits a deer. The next morning, the police awaken her to tell her that a student has been hit by a car and killed and her car looks like the one that did it.

Andrew Grant - False Positive - New character – Alabama cop Cooper Demonbruen. He’s always been trouble – from the multiple excessive force complaints to the questions of how he lives so high on a Birmingham cop’s paycheck. One thing is certain: he lets little stand in his way. A product of the state foster system himself, his latest case involves a 6-year- old boy from that system who has been kidnapped. No one is going to stop him from finding this kid.

Sarah Graves - The Girls She Left Behind - The man who held her captive for a decade has broken out of prison and a young girl has vanished. Deputy Sheriff Lizzie Snow is not going to let this fiend do to another girl what he did to her.

Parnell Hall - Presumed Puzzled - 17th in his comic series with the “charming fraud” Cora Felton.

David Handler - Lavender Lane Lothario - In their 11th book, Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry get ensnared in an old family rivalry that used to be merely obnoxious and has now turned deadly. Janine & Fran Recommend This Series.

Sam Hawken - The Night Charter - A year ago, former combat medic Camaro Espinoza left NYC after single-handedly killing 5 bad guys. She’s laying low in Florida, running charter boat trips. It is a simple and safe life. But one day a guy named Story comes and asks her help. He needs to be taken out, near Cuba, because he’s fallen in with people who have threatened his daughter if he doesn’t do what they say. Espinoza has no skin in the game, but it is her type of game. For the girl’s sake – she agrees to help. While he’s an American who has been released (and we’ve stocked) by British publishers, this is his 1st book put out by a US publisher.

B.B. Haywood - Town In A Cinnamon Toast - 7th set in a blueberry farm in Maine.

Mark Henshaw - The Fall of Moscow Station - CIA field agent Kyra Stryker and analyst Jonathan Burke hunt an elusive dealer who is offering advanced stealth technology to US enemies. 3rd in the series by a decorated CIA analyst decorated for his inovations in the field.

Tami Hoag - The Bitter Season - Two Minneapolis cops try to adjust to no longer being partners. While Sam Kovac stayed in homicide, he now has to break in a rookie detective; Nikki Liska chose to move to cold cases so she could spend more time with her children, but she misses the jazz of the homicide squad. They are both working on new cases, unaware that they’re soon to be working together again.

Lee Hollis - Death Of A Bacon Heiress - 7th with Maine single mother and food columnist Hayley Powell.

Maddy Hunter - From Bad To Wurst - 10th with tour leader Emily Andrew. A trip to Oktoberfest is anything but festive.

Gregg Hurwitz - Orphan X - As a child, Evan Smoak was part of a super-secret training program that hoped to create the ultimate assassins. Evan ran from the program, using his training to disappear. He’s spent the last few years as The Nowhere Man, helping the truly desperate evade the danger they face. But someone is now after him, someone who knows all about the Orphan program and what he’s capable of. In paper, Don’t Look Back.

Julie Hyzy - Foreign Éclairs - 9th with White House executive chef Ollie Paras. A dinner for dignitaries turns deadly and Ollie find herself drafted to help defeat a terrorist.

Joshilyn Jackson - The Opposite of Everyone - Her childhood a mess – traveling the South with her hippie mother, Kai – Paula Vauss has turned herself into a hardboiled divorce attorney. Her mother’s itinerant lifestyle landed her in prison and they’ve not spoken in 15 years. But one day one of her mom’s biggest secrets appears on her doorstep and she knows Kai is in real trouble. Paula’s safe world shatters and she becomes desperate to find Kai. She turns to an ex-lover, a private eye, for help. Fran loves all of Joshilyn’s books.

Delia James - A Familiar Tail - Start of a new series with artist Annabelle Britton who, in meeting a smoky gray cat while on vacation, discovers she’s a witch.

Faye Kellerman - Killing Season - 16-year-old Ben is a math geek outraged that his sister’s killer hasn’t been caught. It’s been a year and he’s begun his own investigation, using his analytic aptitude to read the police file. He picks up a pattern that’d been missed, a link to other murders.

Jonathan Kellerman - Breakdown - 31st Alex Delaware. The psychologist helps investigate when an actress is found dead. He’d dealt with her weeks before when she was found running around half-naked and raving, and years before to evaluate her daughter who subsequently vanished. A sad life that steadily went downhill. In paper, Motive.

Dean Koontz - Ashley Bell - Bibi Blair is told by doctors that she’s dying. Two days later, the 22-year-old is told she’s no longer ill and the doctors are stumped. Bibi understands that she’s been cured for a reason and that reason is to help someone she doesn’t know – a woman named Ashley Bell. To help Bell, she’ll have to undertake a harrowing and dangerous journey.

Barry Lancet - Pacific Burn - In his 3rd adventure, San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie is asked by the mayor to liaise with the new Pacific Rim Friendship Program. It all gets off to a bad start when a sniper misses him and puts his buddy Ken Nobuki into a coma. (Postponed from Aug ‘15).  In paper, Tokyo Kill. Adele recommends this series.

David McCallum - Once A Crooked Man - Debut novel by the long-time actor. The Brushetti brothers plans to wrap up a few loose ends before they retire from their crime empire are overheard by actor Harry Murphy. Though he knows he should ignore what he heard, his conscience gets to him and he travels to London to warn one of the “loose ends”. From there he’s stuck in a mess of mistaken identies, a suitcase of cash, a deadly and beautiful British agent, cops, show business agents and all sorts of deadly folks. A comic dance of danger and dummies.

Jenn McKinlay - Copy Cap Murder - 4th in the London hat shop series. Invited to a bonfire party to celebrate Guy Fawkes day, the cousins want to use the event to promote their hats. A murder interrupts the festivities. Amber recommends this author.

Margaret Mizushima - Killing Trail - Officer Mattie Cobb has lived in Timber Creek, CO, all her life. When she and her K-9 companion, Robo, are called to the scene of a young woman’s murder, what she knows about her hometown will be forever changed. Debut said to be reminiscent of Box and Barr.

Liz Mugavero - Murder Most Finicky - 4th with organic pet-food chef Kristan “Stan” Connor and her Maine coon cat, Nutty.

Shirley Rousseau Murphy - Cat Shout for Joy - 21st Joe Grey. Awaiting the birth of his first kittens, feline P. I. Joe Grey, his companion Dulcie, and their furry sleuthing pals must unmask a killer preying on some of the most vulnerable citizens in the charming California coastal community of Molena Point.

Gail Oust - Cinnamon Toasted - 3rd with Yankee translplant Piper Prescott and her Georgian spice shop.

From the Factory of James Patterson: with Mark Sullivan, Private Paris. In paper, with Maxine Paetro - 14th Deadly Sin. With Howard Roughan - Truth of Die. With Michael Ledwidge - Alert.

Thomas Perry - Forty Thieves - There are two couples in the greater LA area who are experts at dealing with problems. Sid and Ronnie Abel are ex-LAPD detectives who are often asked to investigate when the police fail. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are expert assassins, sent in to end a potential mess. All four are smart and dead shots. Both couples are now sent in to clean up a new mess – and to do so will bring them ever closer to one another. In paper, A String of Beads.

Penny Pike - Death of a Bad Apple - 3rd with the San Francisco food truck run by Darcy Burnett and her Aunt Abby. They’re off to an apple festival to search for recipies.

J.D. Rhoades - Ice Chest - Model Clarissa Cartwright is set to walk out on the runway wearing lingerie made out of $5.5 million in gems. It would be quite spectacular if there wasn’t a gang of incompetent thieves nearby who plan to make off with the stones. Strangely enough, they are successful. But then they find her mobbed-up ex on their tail and none of them have any idea what Clarissa herself – long tired of being treated like a piece of glamorous meat – has decided to do. A comic crime novel to honor the author’s heroes – Westlake and Hiaasen. In paper, Devils and Dust.

James Rollins - The Bone Labyrinth - While international tensions between China and the US escalate above ground, the Sigma Force grapples with a number of significant things: the discovery in Croatia of cave paintings that show Neanderthals and Homo sapiens fighting strange, shadowy figures; a lost archive that somehow relates to both Atlantis and the moon landing; questions about a millennia-old necropolis; and whether modern genetic engineering could resurrect ancient evil. [Postponed from June]. 11th Sigma Force thriller.

Delia Rosen - Fry Me a Liver - 6th with Gwen Katz Silver and her Jewish deli in Nassshville.

David Rosenfelt - Blackout - New Jersey State Policeman Doug Brock receives a tip that takes him to a motel where he finds plans for a devastating terrorist attack. Before he can report it, he’s shot in the head. When he wakes up, he lacks memories from the last three months. Can he recover them in time to stop the plot?

Barbara Ross - Fogged Inn - 4th in the Maine Clambake series.

Peter Steiner - The Capitalist - Like so many investors, Louis Morgan lost money when financial genius St. John Larrimer was exposed as a fraud. Unlike the others, he didn’t lose all that much money when Larrimer vanished. And, unlike the others, the ex-CIA op just might have the means to find Larrimer and bring him to justice. 5th in the ex-pat Morgan by the noted cartoonist.

Fran Stuart - A Wee Dose of Death - 2nd with Vermont Scot Shop owner Peggy Winn.

Brad Taylor - The Forgotten Soldier - 9th with counterterrorist op Pike Logan. The extra-legal methods of the Task Force have come back to haunt them. A member has been killed in action and the director insists that the news be buried. Logan disagrees. In paper, Fortunate Son.

Diane Vallere - A Disguise to Die For - The author adds a 4th series to her career: returning home to Nevada to take charge of her family’s costume shop, Margo Tamblyn’s first big event is spoiled when the host is stabbed to death. It was a detective-themed gala and the host was dressed as Sherlock. Oops – need a new sleuth!

Lea Wait - Thread and Gone - What might be a priceless example of needlepoint dating to the American Revolutionary era leads to murder. Award Winner

Grant Bywaters - The Red Storm - This winner of the Minotaur/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel features a black ex-boxer prowling the streets of 1930s New Orleans as a private eye, a debut by a licensed private investigator. William Fletcher’s PI license is new and he’s ready to work but he’s having trouble getting clients. He would like to stay away from the shady characters he met while fighting but they’re a ready source of jobs.

Now in Paperback

Barbara Allen - Antiques Swap
Jefferson Bass - The Breaking Point
Alex Berenson - Twelve Days
Steve Berry - The Patriot Threat
David Riley Bertsch - River of No Return
Laura Childs - Scorched Eggs
Mary Higgins Clark - Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Harlan Coben - The Stranger
Nelson DeMille - Radiant Angel
Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton - Wicked Charms
Monica Ferris - Darned if You Do
James Grippando - Cash Landing
Andrew Gross - One Mile Under
James W. Hall - The Big Finish
Greg Iles - The Bone Tree - Adele Recommends.
Alex Kava - Silent Creed
Ausma Zehanat Khan - The Unquiet Dead
Dennis Lehane - World Gone By - JB Recommends.
Becky Masterman - Fear the Darkness
G.A. McKevett - Killer Gourmet
Brad Meltzer - The President’s Shadow
Walter Mosley - Inside A Silver Box
Robert J. Mrazek - The Bone Hunters
Katherine Hall Page - The Body in the Birches
T. Jefferson Parker - Full Measure
Richard Price - The Whites
Kathy Reichs - Speaking in Bones
J.D. Robb - Devoted in Death
Annelise Ryan - Stiff Competition
Rebecca Scherm - Unbecoming
Michael Sear - Long Way Down
Duane Swierczynski - Canary
Randy Wayne White - Cuba Straits


Coming this Spring

Kristi Abbott - Kernal Of Truth
Ellery Adams - Breach of Crust
Connie Archer - A Clue In The Stew
David Baldacci - Last Mile
Nevada Barr - Boar Island
Steve Berry - 14th Colony
Gail Bowen - 12 Rose Street
Laura Bradford - A Churn For The Worse
Duffy Brown - Braking For Bodies
Rita Mae Brown - Tall Tail
Lucy Burdette - Killer Takeout
Janet Cantrell - Fat Cat Takes the Cake
Laura Childs - Devonshire Scream
Elizabeth Lynn Casey - Needle and Dread
Jeffery Deaver - The Steel Kiss
Dawn Eastman - Unhappy Medium
J.T. Ellison - No One Knows
Monica Ferris - Knit Your Own Murder
James Grippando - Gone Again
Susan Furlong - Rest In Peach
Timothy Hallinan - King Maybe
John Hart - Redemption Road
Naomi Hirahara - Sayonara Slam
William Kent Krueger - This Tender Land
Laura Lippman - Wilde Lake
Lisa Lutz - The Passenger - Signing
Jen McKinlay - Vanilla Beaned
Laura Morrigan - Take the Monkey And Run
Carlene O'Neil - Ripe For Murder
T. Jefferson Parker - Crazy Blood
Chris Pavone - The Travelers
Bill Pronzini - Zigzag
Lisa Scottoline - Most Wanted
Olen Steinhauer - The Middleman
Andrew Vachss - Drawing Dead


Vsudev Murthy - Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Timbuktu - His death at the Reichenbach Falls was a dodge to allow Holmes to investigate his most important case: an Italian scholar visits Baker Street to explain that he’s found a document written by Marco Polo that details his guarding of a secret so terrible that if it were to become public would shake the world. The document includes half of a rubbing but the rest was torn. Holmes’ task is to find the other half.

Steven Savile & Robert Greenberger - Murder at Sorrow’s Crown - A mother comes to 221B Baker Street. Her son did not return with the rest of the crew from his naval ship during the Boer War and has been denounced as a deserter. She beseeches Holmes and Watson to find out what happened. Their investigation will touch upon assassinations, diamonds, and military cover-ups and into a threat against the Crown.

Sam Siciliano - The White Worm - With Dr. Henry Vernier, Holmes travels to Whitby, where a man’s fiancée is said to be the latest victim of a Druid curse. 3rd by this NW author.

Now In Paper

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon - Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, eds
Dan Simmons - The Fifth Heart


Coming This Spring

Laurie R. King - The Murder of Mary Russell
Michael Robertson - The Baker Street Jurors


Martine Bailey - A Taste For Nightshade - Debut by a prize-winning amateur cook. 1811 Manchester. Michael Croxton has just married young and naïve Grace Moore. Too late she realizes he was only after her family’s money. For companionship, she turns to their new cook, Mary. Neither of the Croxtons are aware that two years before, as a buddying thief, Mary Jebb was arrested after a confrontation with Michael and sent to the penal colony of Australia. She swore vengeance and now she’s back to take it. Suspense laced with period recipes.

Stephanie Barron - Jane And The Waterloo Map - 13th in her Jane Austen series. England’s economy is in tatters after the Battle of Waterloo. Her brother Henry’s bank is threatened, as is his health. While in London ministering to him, she’s invited to the Prince Regent’s home. While there she quite literally stumbles over a body in the library. The dying man has time to whisper “Waterloo map…” to her. What would make a piece of paper worth thinking about as one dies?

Benjamin Black - Even the Dead - Blackouts and hallucinations have Quirk fearing for his health. His physician assures him that all he needs is rest. Fat chance!

Tessa Harris - Secrets in the Stones - 6th with anatomist Thomas Silkstone. A woman released from Bedlam, a man murdered with a Sikh dagger, a missing diamond, and a wound from a duel – a story full of intrigue.

Alyssa Maxwell - Murder Most Malicious - The holidays of 1918 are somber, even with the Great War now ended. At Foxwood Hall, a visiting Marquis has gone missing and the worst is feared. When the police suspect one of the footmen, young Lady Phoebe and her lady’s maid Eva Huntford investigate to prove his innocence by finding out what happened.

Marcia Muller & Bill Prozini - The Plague of Thieves Affair - While Quincannon investigates the death of a brewmaster found dead in a vat of his own beer, Sabrina Carpenter is handed a contradictory task: the strange man they know as “Sherlock Holmes” – certainly a lunatic but harmless and helpful – has been identified as a missing Chicagoan who may inherit millions. If she locates “Holmes”, she and Quincannon lose a useful ally. 3rd in this historical San Francisco series.

Jean-François Parot - The Saint-Florentin Murders - In his 5th adventure, Nicolas Le Floch must tread especially carefully. Louis XV is dead and the court has sunk into paranoia, plots and debauchery.

Linda Stratmann - Mr. Scarletti’s Ghost - Spirit mediums are the rage in 19th C. Brighton. Young Mina Scarletti – a writer of stories in the new genre of horror – is certain that her mother and sister have fallen under the sway of an unscrupulous con artist and enlists the help of a group of friends to help her prove the woman is a fraud. First in a new Victorian series with this female sleuth.

Larry D. Sweazy - A Thousand Falling Crows - After losing an arm to a bullet fired by Bonnie Parker, former Texas Ranger Sonny Burton is at loose ends. While recuperating, the hospital’s janitor asks his help. The man’s daughter is missing and no one seems to care. Can Sonny find her?

Charles Todd - No Shred of Evidence - On the Cornwall coast, four young women have been accused of murder. One of the fathers calls in a favor to Scotland Yard and Rutledge is dispatched. On arrival he’ll find a hornet’s nest of emotions – fury from the victim’s family, outrage from the accused families, and a cold indifference from the local coppers.

D.K. Wilson - The Traitor’s Mark - This much is historical fact: Henry VIII’s court painter Hans Holbein died and the cause or means of his death have always been in dispute. In this novel, young goldsmith Thomas Treviot awaits a design from the painter but it is late. When no sign of Holbein can be found, Trevoit discovers that he’s landed in the middle of dangerous court intrigue as many people search for the painter and this missing design.

Now In Paper

Alan Bradley - As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust - Amber Recommends.
Stephen Hunter - I, Ripper
Gary Inbinder - The Devil in Montmartre
Imogen Robertson - The Paris Winter
C.J. Sansom - Lamentation
Jacqueline Winspear - A Dangerous Place


Coming This Spring

Rhys Bowen - Time Of Fog And Fire
Barbara Cleverly - Diana's Alter
Max Allan Collins - Better Dead
Dan Fesperman - The Letter Writer
M.R.C. Kasasian - Death Descends On Saturn Villa
John Lawton - The Unfortunate Englishman
Sharyn McCrumb - Prayers the Devil Answers
Kate Moss - The Taxidermist’s Daughter
Eliot Pattison - Blood Of The Oak
Anne Perry - Treachery At Lancaster Gate
Jacqueline Winspear - Journey To Munich

From Overseas

Sara Blaedel - The Killing Forest - 5th with Louise Rick. No plot into.

Jeremie Guez - Eyes Full of Empty - First translation of a bestselling French author. Idir is from an Algerian family and a disappointment to his physician father who views him as doing nothing with his life. Having grown up with friends from the street as well as being from the upper class, Idir moves fluidly from class to class, something that has helped in his work as a private eye. His latest case: a wealthy friend from university asks him to find a missing half-brother. What Idir assumes will be an easy case quickly turns into something sinister.

Kati Hiekkapelto - The Defenceless - Finnish cop Anna Fekete is sent to the scene of a traffic fatality. A Hungarian au pair is thought to have run over an old man. Once on the scene, Fekete begins to see inconsistences with the story. As she probes, it becomes ever more complex.

Arnaldur Indridason - Into Oblivion - It is 1979 and Erlendur is now a detective. He juggles two cases: one is that of a man found in the blue lagoon and he appears to have died by falling into it from a great height – thrown from a plane, pehaps?; the second case is a cold one, that of a young girl who was murdered 40 years before.

Anna Jaquiery - The Lying Down Room - In the suffocating Parisian heat, Commandant Serge Morel investigates the gruesome murder of an elderly woman. Morel is struggling with many personal problems – his revered father is becoming senile and a past love has returned to the city – and finds that only doing origami calms him. As more women are attacked, the social and political heat is turned up. First in a new series by a French journalist who now lives in Australia.

Hans Olav Lahlum - The Human Flies - First in a bestselling European series. It’s 1968 and current events roil Oslo just as they do the rest of the world. Kolbjorn Kristiansen is a young and ambitious detective inspector and his latest case is most baffling. A murder victim was a WWII war hero and, at first blush, a revered man. But as Kristiansen begins to investigate it becomes clear the man had many enemies and it had to have been one of his neighbors who killed him. But who?

Elmer Mendoza - Silver Bullets - First English translation by this Mexican award winner. Det. Edgar Mendieta is worn out by love and the ever-present corruption within his city and his nation. His new case will be no help: A prominent lawyer has been murdered. He had been living a double life and both were stopped by the same silver bullet.  

Fuminori Nakamura - The Gun - Walking on the river bank one night, university student Nishikawa discovers a dead body and a gun nearby. Before he even thinks about it, he grabs the gun and leaves. Nothing in his life will be the same. Adele Recommends This Author.

Jo Nesbø - Midnight Sun - Companion to last year’s Blood on the Snow (Jan, Vintage, 13.95). It is most difficult to hide in the Arctic Circle when the sun shines for months at a time. But if you’re a hitman running from the revenge of a crime lord, you do your best.

Håkan Nesser - Hour of the Wolf - Stand-alone thriller. A hit-and-run death leaves the driver wracked with guilt and the police with a puzzle. Another later death appears to be connected to the accident. The cops have to wonder if the accident was not an accident but the first of a number of crimes.

Nele Neuhaus - I Am Your Judge - Plans to leave for her honeymoon are ruined when the murder of a dog walker requires Det. Pia Kirchhoff to report to the scene. An elderly woman has been shot dead. While there, the police hear of another old woman shot dead, this time through a closed window. Those are just the first of several murders that all look alike and are all committed with the same gun. In paper, The Ice Queen.

Claudia Peneiro - Betty Boo - Buenos Aires novelist Nurit Iscar is asked by a former lover to cover the death of an important man for his national newspaper. As she begins to write about it, she finds that this industrialist is not the first member of the country’s elite to die. As she digs, she finds that all of the dead were members of the same boarding-school class. Odder still, there’s pressure to not write about the cases.

Leif GW Persson - Linda, As in the Linda Murder - The difficult and demanding Detective Superintendent Evert Backström returns in his second book.

Douglas Schofield - Time of Departure - Debut novel by a BC-born attorney who has practiced law in the Caribbean for 30 years. Claire Talbot is a young hotshot prosecutor for the state of Florida. Her success and drive have won her admirers as well as enemies. Her new project stems from two skeletons found during highway construction. It’s determined that they’re tied to a series of disappearances that took place before Claire was born. She gets in touch with the original investigator and he’s eager to help – maybe too eager. Before she knows it, he’s inserted himself into her investigation and appears to know more about her than she’s comfortable with. He’s encouraging, saying he’s certain she can solve the case – but it’s creepy.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Silence of the Sea - In her 6th case, Thora Gudmundsdottir investigates when a luxury yacht arrives in the Reykjavik harbor with no one aboard. What happened to the family that left Lisbon? Rumors reach her that the vessel is believed to be cursed, haunted. In paper, Someone to Watch Over Me.

Helene Tursten - The Treacherous Net - It is difficult enough for Insp. Huss to put up with her new boss – the alluring Superintendent Efva Thylqvist who seems to be twisting all the men in the department around her fingers, much to Huss’s annoyance – but two bodies have been found this early spring. One is a nearly mummified corpse discovered in a demolished building’s chimney. The other is that of a badly scarred young woman found in the woods. One half of a lingerie set was found on her. Then the other half is found…on the body of another victim.

Song Ying - Apricot’s Revenge - A Chinese bestseller now in the US. In Shenzhen, a tycoon is discovered dead, apparently of a heart attack. But there are odd aspects to the death and the police quickly form a circle of suspects. Then one of them is found dead and in his home they find a drawer of threatening messages.

In Paper

Ursula Archer - Five
Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars
Paulus Hochgatterer - The Sweetness of Life
Steffen Jacobsen - When the Dead Awaken
Pierre Lemaitre - Camille
Michael Robotham - Life or Death - Adele Highly Recommends.
Timothy Williams - The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe
Joakim Zander - The Swimmer


Coming This Spring

Kaaberbol & Friis - The Considerate Killer
Donna Leon - The Waters Of Eternal Youth - Signed Copies Available
Kwei Quartey - Gold Of Our Fathers
Michael Robotham - Close Your Eyes

From Great Britain

Jo Bannister - Desperate Measures - 3rd with Policewoman Hazel Best. Her friend Gabrielle Ash learns that, four years after his wife and children were kidnapped by Somali pirates, they may still be alive. He’s willing to do anything to get them back. Is Hazel willing to help?

M.C. Beaton - Death Of A Nurse -  In his 31st case, Hamish Macbeth probes the death of a beautiful nurse who ministered to a wealthy elderly man who had just moved to the area. In paper, Death of a Liar.

Ann Cleeves - Harbour Street - 6th in the Vera Stanhope series. During the celebration before Christmas, someone has slipped a blade between the ribs of an elegant woman on the train. Before Stanhope can get far in the investigation, a second murder takes place.

Chris Ewan - Dark Tides - When Isle of Man policewoman Claire Cooper was 8, her mother vanished during the island’s Halloween festivities. When she was 14, her group of friends were torn apart by prank. Now they’re adults, and as Halloween approaches, someone seems to be preying on the those who were part of that group.

Christopher Fowler - Bryant & May and the Burning Man - The wily and cantankerous octogenarian sleuths of the Peculiar Crimes Unit try to figure out the connection between a series of unsolved crimes mentioned in previous books to the violence leading up to the Guy Fawkes celebration. 12th in the series.

Christobel Kent - The Crooked House - Years ago, as a teen, Esme was the only survivor of horrible events in which her family was killed in their home. She’s spent the intervening time as someone else, never speaking of the horror or facing up to it. But now events conspire to give her a chance to return to her hometown and confront her past and, she hopes, put it to rest. Once she gets back there, she discovers the entire town has been scarred by what happened in that crooked house.

Stuart MacBride - 22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories - Four novellas featuring Logan McRae and Roberta Steel. In paper, The Missing and the Dead, 9th novel with Logan McRae.

Peter May - Runaway - In Glasgow, 1965, a 17-year-old convinces four friends to skip off to London to find fortune and fame as musicians. Something terrible happened, something that has both bound them together and destroyed their friendships. It is now 50 years later and someone has decided it is time to exact some justice. In paper, Chess Men. Fran and Janine Highly Recommend This Author!

Val McDermid - Splinter the Silence - Internet bullies have been attacking different women, inexplicably driving them to suicide. Tony Hill isn’t convinced but he’s alone in that view. In paper, The Skeleton Road.

Denzil Meyrick - The Last Witness - Debut by a Scottish writer. 5 years ago, Glaswegian crime boss James Machie was assassinated on his way to prison. Now, somehow, he has risen and is targeting those former allies whom he thinks helped target him. In the town of Kinloch, DCI Jim Daley has two of the targets nearby – one, a cop and a friend, he knows about, the other is hiding out.

Denise Mina - Blood, Salt, Water - When a businesswoman vanishes, Det. Alex Morrow investigates. The woman’s family are oddly silent and her cell phone points toward a small vacation town. As Alex presses her investigation, it gets stranger and murkier. 5th in the series.

Ian Rankin - Even Dogs in the Wild - A note found at the scene of an attorney’s murder is echoed by one received by a local gangster. DI Siobhan Clarke is not sure what to make of this and realizes he needs the help of an old adversary – the retired Insp. Rebus. Signed Copies Available.

Phil Rickman - Friends of the Dusk - In her 13th case, Reverend Merrily Watkins – “consultant on the paranormal” or the diocesan exorcist for Hereford – deals with a new bishop who would like the Church to phase out what he sees as archaic practices (like what Watkins does) and modernize, even while she’s called to an ancient home to drive out the ghosts. Then there’s the matter of the very old bones that have been stolen after being exposed when a storm toppled an ancient tree.

Peter Robinson - No Cure for Love - First novel to be set in the US. Now starring in a popular cop drama on TV, Sarah Broughton has left her mundane past behind. But with fame comes unwanted attention and someone has zeroed in on her. Arvo Hughes of the LAPD Threat Management Unit deals with stalker issues but this will be something new for him – and her. Whoever is sending her notes is really, really scary.

Holly Seddon - Try Not to Breathe - 15 years ago, Amy Stevenson vanished, only to be found in a coma days later. Now 30, she lays forgotten in a hospital ward. Alex Dale is looking for a story to help resuscitate her journalistic reputation and confidence and to give her a reason to quit drinking. Researching patients in a vegetative state brings her to Amy’s bedside and memories of the crime come back to her. Perhaps writing about Amy will be what she needs… Bestselling debut in the UK.

Gerald Seymour - Vagabond - When he was at the top of his game, no one was better at handling and running spies than Danny Curnow. His time of brilliance was during the Troubles and it took its toll. He retired 15 years ago, burnt to a hard cinder. But now things in Northern Ireland are bubbling and his knowledge is invaluable. Is there anything he can do to help even if he’s willing? One of Janine’s favorite authors.

Alexander McCall Smith - The Revolving Door of Life - 10th in the 44 Scotland Street series.

Nick Stone - The Verdict - Terry Flint is given the chance to defend a millionaire accused of murder. It’s a high-profile case, a media circus, and if he were to be successful, it would make his career. The problem is that the accused is a former friend who betrayed Flint and Flint detests the man with every bit of his being. By the author of the popular Mr. Clarinet.

Minette Walters - The Cellar - A terrifying novella of captivity and revenge. For years, 14-year-old Muna has been a virtual slave to the Songoli family in London. Abused and forced to do their bidding, her circumstances change the day the family’s son disappears. With the police around, Muna is brought upstairs and the Songolis act as if she’s a treasured member of the family. But what they believe Muna is capable of is nothing like what she actually is capable of.

In paper

Jeffrey Archer - Mightier than the Sword - Adele loves this series!
Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins
Belinda Bauer - The Shut Eye
Anne Cleeland - Murder in Hindsight
Alison Littlewood - Path of Needles
Ann Purser - Suspicion at Seven


Coming this Spring

M.C. Beaton & Hammish Macbeth, Mar.
Elly Griffiths - The Woman In Blue
Sophie Hannah - A Game for All the Family
Adrian McKinty - Rain Dogs

Mystery Specialty Presses

Felony & Mayhem

Elizabeth Daly - Death and Letters - 15th with Henry Gamadge, from 1950.

Lenore Glen Offord - The Glass Mask - 2nd with Georgine Wyeth and pulp novelist Todd McKinnon, first published in 1944. On the way home from a vacation, the couple and her daughter stop to visit some friends and get drawn into an odd mystery. By the long-time mystery reviewer for the SF Chronicle.

Hard Case Crime

Max Allan Collins - Quarry’s List, Quarry’s Deal & Quarry’s Cut - The 2nd, 3rd and 4th books in his hitman series. List was first published in ’76 as The Broker and The Broker’s Wife. Deal was also from ’76 as The Dealer. Cut was out in ’77 as The Slasher.

Ed McBain - Cut Me In - His first published novel, under the pen name Hunt Collins, in 1954. Also published as The Proposition in 1955. A literary agent discovers his partner dead, their safe standing open, a valuable contract gone. Was he killed for the contract or for another reason? If it’s something else – say one of any number of jealous husbands - where’s the contract?

Poisoned Pen Press

Eric Reed - The Guardian Stone - During the Blitz, London’s children were sent to distant villages to keep them safe from the bombs. It wasn’t odd that some ran away. Life was very different and strange to those used to the city. But in the remote Shropshire village of Noddweir, too many have vanished.

Pricilla Royal - Land of Shadows - It’s March 1279 and King Edward’s court is traveling to Gloucestershire. En route, great events take place: the Queen gives birth to a daughter and Baron Wynethorpe is struck down by apoplexy. His daughter, Prioress Eleanor, quickly arrives, accompanied by Brother John. Good thing they’re both there as more death and calamities await.


The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories - Maxim Jakubowski, ed. - Authors from a variety of fields – horror, romance, science fiction and crime – provide stories that speculate on who Jack was and where he went.

Marseille Noir - Cédric Fabre, ed. - 14 new stories written by French authors for this collection.

Zagreb Noir - Ivan Srsen, ed. - “Eastern European history is filled with noir-ish and harrowing tales, and Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, certainly has its fill. Editor Sršen has curated a diverse, powerful, and dramatic group of stories that offer tremendous insight into the perspectives of contemporary Croatians.”

Reissues of Note

Augusto De Angelis - The Murdered Banker - Published in 1935, his first with Milan Insp. De Vincenzi. A body is found in the apartment of a friend from university. As the case deepens, De Vincenzi is torn between solving the crime and loyalty to an old friend. Considered the first, great Italian mystery writer, the novelist and journalist was imprisoned by the Fascists in 1944 and died from injuries from a Fascist beating the next year.

Erle Stanley Gardner - The Case of the Dangerous Dowager and The Case of the Lame Canary - The 10th & 11th Perry Mason, both from ’37.

Donald Hamilton - The Revengers and The Annihilators - From 1982 and ‘83, the 19th and 20th in the Matt Helm series.

Georges Simenon - Cecile is Dead - Also published as Maigret and the Spinster. And The Cellars of the Majestic - Also published as Maigret and the Hotel Majestic.

Special Interest

Robert Harris - Dictator - The internationally reknowned thriller writer once again turns to history in a novel of Ancient Rome. While not intended as a crime novel or thriller, this life of Cicero covers a period of great turmoil – the collapse of the republic into civil war, the murder of Pompey, and the Ides of March – that should satisfy the bloodiest of tastes.

Iain Pears - Arcadia - From the catalog: “In 1960, Henry Lytten is an Oxford don who dabbles in espionage and fiction writing. Rosie Wilson is the quick-witted, curious fifteen-year-old girl who feeds Professor Lytten’s cat. Several hundred years in the future, living in a dystopian society on the Island of Mull, Angela Meerson is a psychomathematician who has discovered the world-changing potential of a powerful new machine. Somewhere, sometime, Jay is a scholar’s apprentice in an idyllic, pastoral land. Who these people really are, and how their stories come together, will be revealed in Iain Pears’s fascinating puzzle of a novel.”

Urban Fantasy & Steampunk

New from the Northwest

Yasmine Galenorn - Darkness Raging - In book 18 of the Otherworld series, Menolly discovers there is much more to being Roman's consort than she had imagined. The Otherworld war is boiling over into Seattle, and the sisters have much to distract them. But when Nerissa, Menolly's wife, is captured and taken to the Sub-Realms, well, everything else stops while Menolly figures out how to rescue her, even if it means storming the gates themselves. Signed Copies Available.

J. C. Nelson - The Reburialists - At the Bureau of Special Investigations, dead people aren't the problem. Keeping them dead, that's the bigger issue. And when Agent Brynner Carson stakes a recently undead corpse, he's in for a surprise. Turns out this corpse has a message for him, written in bloody hieroglyphics, about Carson's father. Turns out dear old dad stole a priceless relic from a long-dead god, and now that god wants it back. But dad didn't say what he'd done with it, and now it's a race to save the world. Signing – Saturday March 5th at Noon

Gigi Pandian - The Masquerading Magician - 2nd in this new series. Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She’d much rather be gardening and exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon—but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn’t able to unlock the alchemy book’s secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever. When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show that reminds her of her youth, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland’s past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined. Signing - Saturday January 23rd at Noon. Fran Recommends.

Lilith Saintcrow - Roadside Magic - In this sequel to Trailer Park Fae (Orbit, 14.99), the wounds Jeremiah Gallow sustained are now slowly killing him, but that can't stop him from continuing to search for Robin Ragged, who knows the source of the plague visiting both sides of the Courts, but she's got revenge on her mind and is hard to find. From the magic of the Sidhe Courts to the trailer parks and greenbelts of our world, the race is on to see who can catch Robin and perhaps avert a war. Fran recommends this series, and notes that it must be read in order.

Now in Paper

Patricia Briggs - Dead Heat

New from the Rest

Kelley Armstrong - Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology - A collection of rare and never-before published short works.

Kerri Arthur - City of Light - When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

Amber Benson - The Last Dream Keeper - Only one witch is prophesied to be able to stop the encroaching darkness. And if Lyse and her blood sisters are to have any chance at protecting all we know from being lost forever, they must keep her safe no matter what the cost.

Jim C. Hines - Revisionary - When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren't going quite as he'd hoped.

Darynda Jones - The Dirt On Ninth Grave - In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it.

Victoria Laurie - A Ghoul’s Guide to Love and Murder - 10th with medium and ghost hunter M.J. Holliday. A dagger loaned to a museum allows a demon to escape his imprisonment.

Brandon Sanderson -The Bands of Mourning - The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set. Amber Recommends.

V.E. Schwab - A Gathering of Shadows - While Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall. In paper, A Darker Shade of Magic. Amber recommends this series.

Now in paperback

Gail Carriger - Prudence - Amber Recommends.
John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard - Empire: The Chronicles of the Invaders II
Richard Kadrey - Killing Pretty - Fran and Amber Recommend this series.
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell - Blood Infernal
Cixin Lui - The Three Body Problem
Pratchett & Baxter - The Long Utopia


Coming this Spring

Ben Aaronovitch - The Hanging Tree - Amber Recommends
Anne Bishop - Marked In Flesh - Amber and Fran recommend this series.
Patricia Briggs - Fire Touched - Amber and Fran recommend this series.
Daniel O'Malley - Stiletto - Amber Recommends

John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard - Dominion: The Chronicles of the Invaders III
Diana Rowland - Legacy of the Demon
Charlaine Harris - Night Shift


Lucy Arlington - Off the Books - A wedding-themed festival is ruined when a body turns up amidst the bridal books. Literary agent Lila Wilkins investigates her 5th murder.

Laurie Cass - Pouncing on Murder - 4th with bookmobile librarian Minnie Hamilton, handing out books and justice in small town Michigan.

Laura DiSilverio - The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle - Second with the Colorado book club run by Amy-Faye Johnson. The groups’ discussion of whether or not Murder on the Orient Express is realistic gets set aside after a real murder.

Miranda James - No Cats Allowed - 7th in the Athena, MS, series with college librarian Charlie and his cat, Diesel. The library has a new director, a brash Yankee who is making everyone crazy. When he’s murdered, everyone is secretly relieved but also a suspect. In paper, Arsenic and Old Books.

Paige Shelton - To Helvetica and Back - First in a new series. Clare and her grandfather have a quaint shop in the ski resort village of Star City, UT. They repair old books and typewriters. One day, a gruff character barges into the shop and demands that they turn over a machine they’re fixing. They refuse and this guy is later found dead in an alley. What could have made this one typewriter worth killing over?

Coming This Spring

Kate Carlisle - Ripped From the Pages
Eva Gatesm - Reading Up a Storm
Kylie Logan - And Then There Were Nun
Paige Shelton - The Cracked Spine
Denise Swanson - Between A Book And A Hard Place

YA/ Kids Mysteries

Victoria Aveyard - Glass Sword - Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Stefan Bachmann - A Drop Of Night- Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she's been looking for she's been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that includes an all-expense-paid trip to France and a chance to explore the hidden underground Palais des Papillons, or Palace of Butterflies. Along with four other gifted teenagers, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. Bachmann's masterful scene-building alternates between Anouk's flight through the palace and the struggles of Aurelie, who escaped the French Revolution by fleeing into the Palais des Papillons in 1792.

A. G. Howard - Untamed - Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

Brandon Mull - Death Weavers - Cole and his friends have made it to the fourth of the five kingdoms that comprise the Outskirts Necronum, land of the dead. New allies and new dangers await. Amber Recommends

Danielle Paige  - Yellow Brick War - My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because just like Dorothy I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin.

Brandon Sanderson - Calamity - Redemption is possible for Epics Megan proved it. They re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.   Amber & Fran Recommend

Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven King - All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Now In Paper

Andrew Lane - Knife Edge


Coming This Spring

Kelly Armstrong - Forest Of Ruin

Brittany Cavallaro - A Study In Charlotte

Alison Cherry - The Classy Crooks Club

Jennifer Estep - Bright Blaze Of Magic

Kerstin Gier - Dream On

Rachel Hawkins - Lady Renegades

April Henry - The Girl I Used To Be

Ed Masessa - Wandmaker

Spencer Quinn - Arf

Robin Stevens - Poison Is No Polite


The content of this on-line Autumn 2015 Newsletter differs from that in the printed version.

Mail and phone and e-mail orders for these or any other books are welcome.

We special order non-mysteries as well. We can get you new copies of all the books you need, no matter what the topic, as long as they’re in print.

Gift certificates are available in any denomination, can be ordered by phone or e- mail, and are a great present for the mystery fans on your list. We can send it to them for you, whether you live here or not.

Visit our website for our full calendar of scheduled author events, our past newsletters, a link to a listing of available signed copies, and ordering instructions.

Copies in the best condition go to those who reserve in advance.

Dust jacket protectors are put on all signed books that are shipped out.

Browse our listing of signed, used and collectable books at www.biblio.com

Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.

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